Wondering how to use Neem oil for hair? Dilute equal parts (50/50) of Neem Oil with Sesame Oil and gently massage the oil directly into the Roots of the Hair & Scalp. After allowing it to work for 30-60 minutes, cleanse your hair with a Natural cleanser.
1. Promotes Hair Growth and prevents Baldness
Neem Oil has regenerative properties that support healthy cell division & stimulate hair follicle growth and function. It also helps in countering hair thinning caused by Pollution, Stress or Medication. Therefore, regular application of the Neem Oil promotes Thicker, Stronger, and more Luxurious Hair Growth.
* Neem oil’s Anti-inflammatory, Antibiotic, & Antioxidant Properties prevent Baldness as it treats scalp issues like Scalp Psoriasis, which can lead to permanent Hair Loss if left untreated.
2. Conditions Dry Hair
Regular application of Neem oil results in lustrous & healthy Hair. Neem oil contains several healthy Fatty Acids – such as Linoleic, Oleic, Stearic Acids which Nourish the Scalp & Hair. These fatty acids present in Neem Oil Revitalize and Restore Dry, under-nourished or Rough Hair.
3. Cures Dandruff and Itching
The primary cause of Dandruff is Fungi known as Candida and Malassezia. Neem Oil is effective against these Fungi due to its Anti-Fungal Properties. Neem Oil also provides relief from Inflammation, Itchiness, & Irritation that results from Dandruff.
For those who are prone to Dandruff, Neem Oil should be used regularly. It maintains the pH balance of the Scalp and prevents Dandruff Formation.
4. Treats Head Lice (Penulu in Telugu)
According to studies, Neem oil is known to be effective in treating Head lice without any side effects. Neem contains Azadirachtin, an Insecticidal Ingredient, which disrupts the growth and reproduction of Lice and eventually kills them. The pungent smell of Neem Oil repels Lice hence it is also used as a preventive treatment.
To get rid of lice, apply Neem Oil on your scalp and leave it overnight. The next day, comb your hair with a thin comb to remove Dead Lice from your Hair.
5. Treats Scalp Infections
Neem Oil is known as scalp savior for its immense healing (anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, antibacterial, anti-fungal, anti-viral) properties. It also regulates the secretion of sebum and normalizes dryness or oiliness of the scalp. It further has a cooling and soothing effect which helps in relaxation.
6. Prevents hair Premature Graying(white hair)
If your hair is turning gray(white) due to hormonal imbalances, then you will benefit from Neem Oil. Regular application of Neem oil to hair helps treat premature graying. However, note that applying Neem Oil is only useful in delaying or preventing graying. It won’t affect hair that has already turned gray due to Aging.
Think you’ve got enough reasons to start using Neem oil for hair regularly? It’s because of these immense benefits of Neem oil for hair that it’s been used in Ayurvedic remedies for hair problems since centuries.
Now that we’ve covered how to use Neem oil for Hair, let’s understand it can also be used to nourish your Body and your Skin.
Neem Oil Benefits for Skin:
When you think about body massage, you think of moisturizing oils like Coconut Oil or Sweet Almond Oil. But, did you know that adding a few drops of Neem Oil to your body massage oil can do wonders for your skin?
Not only does Neem Oil provide extra Nourishment, it also boosts Collagen Production, hence delaying formation of Skin Wrinkles.
Neem Oil is rich in fatty acids (oleic acid and linoleic acid), limonoids, vitamin E, triglycerides, and antioxidants. All of these ingredients provide immense benefits for the Skin.
Let’s now explore what Neem Oil does for your Skin:
1. Moisturises the skin
Vitamin-E and Essential Fatty Acids present in Neem Oil enable it to seep deep into the skin thereby healing cracks caused by dryness. It also restores the protective layer of Skin which further helps in reducing Moisture Loss.
To moisturize the body with Neem Oil, dilute (70/30) of Neem Oil with Sesame Oil (e.g. 2 cap of Neem Oil & 1 Cap of Sesame). After massaging gently all over the body, it should be allowed to work for 30 - 60 minutes.
2. Soothes inflamed and itchy skin:
Neem Carrier Oil is known to soothe Red, Itchy, Inflamed Skin which is associated with ailments like acne(pimples), burns, eczema, psoriasis, and rashes. Applying Neem Oil inhibits the production of histamine and other irritants which results in a relief from swelling.
It contains anti-inflammatory substances like Nimbidin that help in treating Eczema and Dermatitis. Its strong antiseptic and antibacterial properties help in fighting skin infections while its analgesic (pain-relieving) reduce discomfort caused by inflammation and skin problems.
3. Heals minor Wounds
Neem is used for healing since centuries. Due to its antiseptic properties, it’s an ideal choice for minor cuts and abrasions. When Neem Oil is applied to the wounds or to the injured skin, it enhances the overall immunity and accelerates the healing process.
An Ayurvedic study conducted revealed how neem oil is even more effective for wound healing when used with turmeric (Haridra).
4. Repels insects from the skin
Neem oil is an effective mosquito repellant, especially effective against Anopheles, the class of mosquitoes that spread malaria. It can be applied to the skin (after diluting with Sesame oil) or burned in diffuser/kerosene lamps.
Thinking of replacing your daily body moisturizer with Neem Oil? Your grandparents and ancestors would take pride in your decision!
Ancient Ayurvedic beauty rituals recommended applying Neem oil not only on the body but also on the face. Despite its pungent smell, its therapeutic and healing properties make it an effective facial treatment.
Let’s now understand how exactly to apply Neem oil on Face and how it’s helpful:
Benefits of Applying Neem Oil on Face:
To use Neem Oil on the face, it is recommended to dilute equal parts (50/50) of Neem Oil Sesame Oil and Apply on clean skin, massage gently in an upward direction. After that, it should be left for 20-30 minutes before washing off with a mild natural cleanser.
Here are some of the benefits of applying neem oil on the face regularly:
1. Treats acne and pimples
A study led researchers to the conclusion that applying neem oil regularly on the face is an excellent long-term acne treatment. Neem Oil prevents future breakouts by eliminating acne-causing bacteria, tightening the pores, and evening out skin tone.
2. Prevents Aging
Neem Oil works as a natural substitute for Anti-aging products. It aids collagen production, which reduces wrinkles and fine lines on the face. It also contains carotenoids that are effective in protecting the skin against the free radicals which cause aging.
3. Tones the Skin
Neem oil removes the pathogens that have accumulated beneath the skin’s surface. It also unclogs the pores and results in healthier and smoother skin. By balancing the overall oil production of the facial skin, it acts as an effective toner.
4. Treats hyperpigmentation
We all want that even-toned skin with a smooth complexion. Don’t we? Applying Neem Oil on the face reduces the production of the substance known as melanin. When produced in high quantities, it results in hyperpigmentation.
5. Treats scars and blackheads
Neem oil also works as a natural alternative to heal the skin tissue from within and simultaneously reduces blackheads and scars. The fatty acids in Neem Oil prevent marks and scars caused by acne.
6. Protects against environmental damage
Applying Neem oil forms a protective layer on the skin. The high-level antioxidants present in Neem oil help protect the skin from damage caused by UV rays. These antioxidants also help in neutralizing free radicals that cause skin cancer and other chronic diseases.
Eczema and Neem Oil:
Neem oil reduces symptoms of eczema and gives relief from intense itching, leaking fluid, and watery eczema. We found it more effective for Dyshidrotic eczema in which blisters develop on the skin and liquid discharges and itching is main concern.
How to Use neem oil for eczema
First, you should dilute the neem oil with carrier substance described above according to your symptoms. Then first, check any allergic signs by applying it on a little part of your skin. If there is no abnormal thing occurs, then you can apply diluted neem oil on skin affected with eczema. After a few days, increase the concentration of neem oil and reduces its dilution over a period of a week or two. Then use pure neem oil on the affected parts with eczema. It helps a lot, but you should not go under direct sunlight after applying pure neem oil. The best suitable time for applying pure neem oil is night just before sleeping.
You can also use diluted neem oil straightly on the affected areas with pimples or acne at night before sleeping. It would help curing the acne and preventing acne scars. Single day use may not be helpful, you should follow this remedy for several days or until you get complete relief from acne.
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